Thursday, July 26, 2012
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
We stopped by West Texas Rehab, where I worked for many years. It was great to see quite a few of my former coworkers. Funny thing is that several of them, including Mary Lou and Linda, seen here, had left Rehab at one time or another and now are back. It was like "old home week!"
Time to say our goodbyes. :( We had a wonderful time! Rich, Corey, Susan, Ally, Aidan and me
Once again we relied on friends to get us to the next destination. I am not sure why everything has to be so expensive but we looked into flying ONE WAY to Dallas from Abilene...less than an hour flight...and it was over $200 EACH. Seriously! So Connie, Kelly and Audra decided they wanted a shopping day in the metroplex anyway and were nice enough to drive us all the way to Arlington. We had fun chatting along the way, stopping at World Market, and getting lunch before Sarah picked us up in Arlington and took us to Dallas. Bye, bye, Abilene family and friends! We love you!
Monday, July 23, 2012
Ally, Aidan and I had a great time in downtown Abilene one day. We first went to the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature (NCCIL) to see a Dr. Seuss/Lorax exhibit; unfortunately we weren't allowed to take photos. We walked through the Center looking at original drawings by Dr. Seuss for his book The Lorax and browsed the book shop where Ally got her own copy of the famous tale. From there, we walked in the sunshine over to the Grace Museum, which also contains an interactive, hands-on children's museum. We've been there before but some of the exhibits have changed and it's always big fun anyway. The kids played and played and probably would have stayed there for another hour if I'd let them!
Aidan "driving" the ambulance and feeling the "Texas Tornado"
Ally on stage
Aidan handling the lights for the next performance
This was a cool new addition--a musical wall. Each separate wood block made a musical sound, creating a tune as each touch combined with the previous one.
Ally's turn to drive the ambulance
Learning about body systems
Your intestine is HOW long??
Playing a giant game of "Operation"
We also went upstairs to see the historical museum--I loved these old phones and switchboard systems!
The kids got to try out an "old timey" typewriter--how strange it seems in the age of computers!
After the museum, we stopped by the Post Office to mail a package and then had some lunch at McKay's Bakery, including, of course, dessert! This took me back to the days when Suzassippi and I had the Abilene Peace and Justice Center downtown and often stopped in at McKay's for soup in a bread bowl or, my favorite, cream puffs.
What a lovely day with two of my sweeties!
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Meanwhile Ally is being her cute little self, keeping us amused with her chatter, songs, dances, and playful personality.
We got to spend some time with Karen's son Kyle as well. I've known him forever and he worked up here for Rich a few years ago so he's just about family. He's working at a nice new restaurant in Clyde called Bonterra Blu, where we enjoyed a great dinner one night. Alas, the memory card was not in the camera to document our night out. :(
Susan and Ally
Aidan riding Kyle's bike
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Day Two: Race Day! Susan and Corey bought me a shirt with Aidan's number on it. Here we are, proud Mama and Gigi!
There was also a pro class. These riders were CA-RA-ZY! Wow!
Corey and his dad, Tommy